Black Classicism - Moving Forward

The lecture series Black Classicism– Moving Forward began in September 2020 and is co-sponsored by the Core Curriculum, the Department of Classical Studies, and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor. This lecture series is designed to engage with and critique the ancient world from the perspective of Black authors, artists, and thinkers.
Lectures are open to all faculty and graduate students and draw attendees from throughout New England. About one lecture is held each semester. If you wish to be put on the mailing list or if you have further questions, please contact us at or 617-353-2427.

Presenters for 2020-2021 include:

Nicole Spigner (Northwestern University)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021. 5:30pm
Topic: “Niobe in Noir”: The Poetry of Phillis Wheatley and H. Cordelia Ray

Emily Greenwood (Yale University)
Monday, October 26, 2021, 5:30pm
Topic: “Black Classical Philology: Writing back to a deadly metaphor in Aristotle’s Politics“.  Based on material from her current book project, Black Classicisms and the Expansion of the Classical Tradition.  

Margaret Malamud (New Mexico State University)
Monday, October 19, 2021, 5:30pm
Topic: “‘Her brown hands bore me alabaster smooth’: Sculpting Cleopatra in Stone and Word.” Based on a poem by Tyehimba Jess about the 19th-century sculptor, Edmonia Lewis and her piece, “The Death of Cleopatra.” 

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